Can Phones Talk To Walkie Talkies?

PTT Over Cellular

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PTT Over Cellular

Security operatives need to be versatile in the field as their roles are ever changing to meet the demands of modern society. If you are a security professional or work in the industry, you will understand the importance of keeping yourself safe when you are interacting with the general public. Walkie talkies play a significant part in preventing security threats as the devices enable people to maintain a line of communication and to call for emergency assistance if required. 

With mobile technology increasingly being integrated with radio communication systems, it’s right to assume that in the future most walkie talkies will include some sort of mobile capability. Your business might already have invested a significant amount of money into a radio system, but you want to optimise it for mobile readiness. In this article, Wall to Wall Communications will answer the question ‘Can phones talk to walkie talkies?’ If you have any other questions about two-way radios, please get in touch today.

Using POC Radios To Talk To Walkie Talkies

Although walkie talkies can’t talk directly to a two-way radio, you can use POC (push to talk over cellular) radios to use mobile phone data networks. Previously, POC radios were seen as unreliable because they relied on 2G and 3G mobile networks. But with advancements in 4G networking, mobile signals to radios have become more reliable as the network is able to cover more ground. Even more, with the roll out of 5G mobile across the country, this will ensure that your POC radios will never drop out of signal. Mobile networking can be seen as more reliable than traditional radio signals, because of the use of satellite technology rather than radio antennae. Other benefits of using a POC Radio are:

  • Unlimited range
  • Can be used regardless of obstacles
  • Freedom to work anywhere
  • Eliminates the need for a OFCOM licence

This technology is ideal for business such as security, taxis, skip hire companies, couriers and haulage firms. POC radios have been on the market for a few years now, so they are relatively affordable for any business looking to buy them.

Using An App To Talk To Walkie Talkies

This may not be the best option for every business, but many of the popular app stores have apps that can convert your mobile device into a walkie talkie. Converting your mobile into a radio may prove successful when you don’t have access to your usual two-way radio. In the future, we may be able to integrate all our radio and mobile systems together into one system. 

If you have any queries about two way radio hire or POC technology, do not hesitate to call us on 0208 770 1007, email us on or complete the form below.